Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday Spring Break

Market Sentiment Watch: Spring Break

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Thanks for all the comments yesterday helping to keep me loosely in the loop.

Some thoughts:

Oil - holding near $100 after Libya saw another field shut down.

Natural gas at $4.34 Tuesday morning with another record late season withdrawal set for Thursday.

BCEI - given the age of (and location of one of the execs) leaving, career advancement comes at other firm comes to mind. Either way, there is no indication anything is wrong with the name. As far as the the RAJA downgrade goes I see that as noise brought to by the team who predicted $65 oil last year on really poor logic. Their individual company work is OK but that was a valuation downgrade which again speaks to their low oil price fore cast for later this year.

NOG - makes sense to see the buyback make a comeback. How did Reger do on Cramer last night? Cramer in text at least seemed to suggest he now thinks the name is worth a look. Never mind production is up 3x sine he was bearish on the name.

AMZG - secondary completed with over allotment taken resulting in $78mm in net proceeds.

EOX - convert deal closed raising ~ $167 mm as the over allotment was taken in full here as well.

Howard Weil conference, names of interest on Tuesday: AMZG, GST, and OEDV holding breakfasts. NOG, COG, EOG, HK, KOG, GDP, NFX, LPI, ROSE, TPLM, RRC, CPE presenting. No webcasts but most will have new presentations out. Please let me know if any our owned or names of interest names drop operations updates press releases.

Weil names of interest presenting on Wednesday : EXXI, EOX , BCEI

216 Responses to “Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday Spring Break”

  1. 1
    Zorgnak Says:

    S&P Short Term Areas of Interest  3/25, 8:22AM ES 1856.25/ SPY Levels in ()

    Notes…… Trading between the CHVN at 1864 and Major CHVN at 1829.50. Rejected the Major CHVN as too low. Demand volume weak. Ease of movement negative. Price and breadth not yet oversold. Nasdaq/High Growth relative weakness. XLU, TLT relative strength. Primary uptrend intact.

    Thoughts …….  Expecting choppy range bound trading between 1829 and 1864 CHVNs. Watch how price is treated at those CHVN levels for indication of buyer’s strength. High odds bounce setup with a close below ES 1833 or 185.08 SPY. Longer time frame buyers in charge above 1829.50.

    1877.75             ATH 1877.75

    1868                  Minor CLVN/Resistance

    1864.50           CHVN/Minor Acceptance(187.74)

    1825-35           Major Acceptance/CHVN(184.66)

    1800                 CLVN/Support


    SP500 Futures  



    My chart service not available at the moment

  2. 2
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    Bloomerg blurb out on HK and the TMS this morning


    Halcon’s Wilson Says Tuscaloosa Shale Among Last Big Shale Finds

    2014-03-25 03:56:36.500 GMT

    By Bradley Olson

         March 25 (Bloomberg) — Floyd Wilson, the wildcatter who helped discover the fastest-growing U.S. oil field, says a prospect called the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale is among the last great fields that may emerge in the U.S. energy renaissance.

         The chairman and chief executive officer of Houston-based Halcon Resources Corp. said in an interview yesterday that his company in the last six months has acquired 250,000 acres in the field that spans from Texas to Mississippi. The company expects wells there to produce between 500,000 to 1 million barrels of oil each.

         Wilson’s previous company, Petrohawk Energy Corp., helped discover and develop Texas’s Eagle Ford formation, where oil output rose to 1.2 million barrels a day last year from about

    50,000 in 2007, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. In 2011, BHP Billiton Ltd. bought Petrohawk for $15 billion.

         The Tuscaloosa prospect is “maybe one of the last remaining large footprint oil shale plays in the U.S.,” Wilson said in an interview at the Howard Weil Energy Conference in New Orleans. “It’s an important oil resource play. The puzzle is how to get it out economically.”

         Halcon shares have fallen almost 50 percent in the past year after surging to a high of $12.76 in February of 2012 just months after Wilson took over.

         The company began drilling its first well less than two weeks ago in the field, where there may be as many as 2 million acres of drilling opportunities, Wilson said. The decision about whether to seek a partner in a potential joint venture will depend on how much risk the company sees in developing the field, he said.

         Recent well results have made the Tuscaloosa’s prospects look better, he said. The lower the risk, the less likely Halcon will take on a partner, Wilson said.

  3. 3
    tomdavis12 Says:

    Z – You will be happy to know that Reger's primary reason for why NOG's cheap is PV10 value. Quoted $15.50 approx. lol

  4. 4
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    End of an Era…  Bye-bye Double Eagle… and Hello Escalera.  (Isn't "escalera" some sort of lettuce?  or maybe a skin disease… either way, is that really what you want to name an E&P?)

    Dick Dole stepping down as CEO (but stepping into a Vice Chairman position), having successfully recruited a new CEO and rounding up $4.8mm in private placement money.  New CEO (Charles Chambers) has an interesting background… no word yet on whether he can find oil in an unopened can of Valvoline (which DD never could).

  5. 5
    zman Says:

    Thanks for the updates. No real news on any of our names today that I can see. 

    AR = wow 

    Good to see ROSE continue to wake back up


  6. 6
    zman Says:

    RSPP = wow too

  7. 7
    Zorgnak Says:

    Low volume so far in energy land…

    NOG WLL COG AR with above average volume in the early going

  8. 8
    choices Says:

    Congress to hold hearings on the export of LNG-that should take care of the question, nothing more to be said:


  9. 9
    sc4 Says:

    bcei- stiffle had short piece on bcei  turnover- no clarity on what happened but did say that they thought their type curves might be a bit agressive. no change to ratings. Not much new though a but to think about.

  10. 10
    nrgyman Says:

    NOG and NFX getting the Cramer follow through today.  Cheaper, under-the-radar stories getting some public attention is helping them. 

  11. 11
    zman Says:

    Re BCEI type curves. Bonanzas are below other area operators. All data I have seen on Nio B are in line with their curves. The C and Codell have been strong with flatter declines. 

  12. 12
    zman Says:

    Someone should tell Stifel to go

  13. 13
    zman Says:

    Look at the Wattenberg type cubes of the peers and read the last several transcripts and stop guessing. Sheesh. 

  14. 14
    sc4 Says:

    11-13 thanks. Probably they had no idea what happened but felt that they had to say something. Generally easier to say something negative. As you would say just more noise.

  15. 15
    Zorgnak Says:

    REXX  waking up. through resistance at 17.50…19 is long term acceptance


  16. 16
    Zorgnak Says:

    Oil Producer Index….Demand volume not supportive. Looking for a test of support at 44


    Nat Gas Producer Index  Pushing long and short term breakout level on tepid demand volume…. 


  17. 17
    Zorgnak Says:

    COG finding some volume here..2.7X avg for time of day


  18. 18
    Zorgnak Says:

    FCG  Nat Gas Producer ETF….Watching  for a break of resistance on volume…


  19. 19
    choices Says:

    MTDR-trying to buy small in here but price insists on running-not going to chase.

  20. 20
    brodway Says:

    re: 17

    COG…bouncing off the 32.11 mark…up on the day now…so far the support has held

  21. 21
    Zorgnak Says:

    XOP  Relative strength in energy continues…Support at 69.46


  22. 22
    brodway Says:

    was going through some funds with recent changes in holdings….John Paulson seems to be on the energy bandwagon…


    WLL, OAS, KOG, HES, CIE, PXD are all represented the top 30 holdings with OAS having increased by 832% over last reporting period….they hold 7.4 million shares…

  23. 23
    brodway Says:

    Steve Cohen owns big energy holding as well..


    WLL, HAL, EQT, EOG, COG are all in the top 30 holdings.

    HAL position increased drasticallly and they added to all the others during last quarter.  

    Soros also seems to be big on HAL and EQT having added nice size bets on those two in last quarter.

  24. 24
    crysball Says:

    EGY sale  of  North American  Assets [in response to sc4  ?]

    Vaalco did  sell  all their  Montana Baaken  assets,  but  price  was  apperently   not  mateial.   this  leaves  them  with

    ~small WI's  in  a few wells  in South Texas  they  have  owned   form  many  years lthey just collect  royalties………..no  mgmt. effort  required],

    ~the  two high % WI    wells  in  the Grantie Wash…………….which no  one seems  interested  in buying.



  25. 25
    sc4 Says:

    24 thanks. Any sence of when there could be news on Harvest. That would be a very positive for egy.

    Appreciate your inputs.

  26. 26
    RB Says:

    GDP…I am going to tiptoe into this one…like their presentation and 21% inside ownership

  27. 27
    Andy Moore Says:

    crysball   u ever get answer from BOP re RSO?  am thinking of selling

  28. 28
    RB Says:

    bot my first batch of GDP at 13.68…man that is one ugly looking chart

  29. 29
    crysball Says:

    OT  re  RSO

    BOPadvised  she  is  still  holding  her  RSP  and  would advise after  looking at  latest  financials.

  30. 30
    crysball Says:

    OOPS…………..should  read  RSO

  31. 31
    brodway Says:

    another 52 week high in HAL….looks like it wants to keep going higher..

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    crysball Says:

    RE   :EGY………….negotiations to acquire   non-producing West African  Assets

    IMHO  Vaaalco  is actively  looking at   other properties (in addition  to HNR's  Dussafu   wells)………………..but  the Dussafu  wells   make  the best  fit  from  a cash flow  realization standpoint………………i.e. can be   tied  in  to  the existing   Vaalco   FPSO……………but then  HNR  knows this also  and  may  be  holding  out    for  a better price…………..in  spite  of  their  financial  distress.

    With  that said,   IMHO  it  would take a   new  prodcution  platform  to  produce  the  Dussafu  wells…………..don't  think  it can be  done   with  a subsea  tree  becasue of the the distance  to  the  FPSO………but am  not  a Petroleum  Engineer.    A  production platform  would be  2  years  out  [due to lead times  to engineer & build],  but  would  still give  EGY a  nice  bump  of  they  announced  an  agreement……………and  a plan  to  put   the  discovery  wells into  production.


  33. 33
    RB Says:

    late buying int. in AMZG again today…last half hour good volume to the upside

  34. 34
    Dedwards Says:

    Re 33 – I wonder who the persistent seller at $7 was today?

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    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    OT:  RSO… still holding.  Last quarter was a bit of a whiff compared to the targets that the company put out there for putting balance sheet cash to work during the quarter (and if cash isn't "working" or invested, then it doesn't generate any income… which is used to pay the distributions/dividends).  Apparently, a large, lumpy deal did not go through as expected… and that was the investment whiff.  Also, a lot of the CLO investments that the company made in 2005-2007 are being unwound and paid back.  Those were at nice spreads (higher interest rates).  This is all planned stuff… but the company needs to replace the cash coming home to roost with new investments also.

    This is all typical "mortgage finance stuff" and comes down to management's ability to run a diversified commercial real-estate portfolio and pay out a consistant dividend.  They said that they will keep the $0.80/yr quarterly-pay divided rate for this year… and grow their real estate investments… and they think they can come pretty close to "earning the dividend" (of AFFO).

    I hold RSO for the dividend payout and management's portfolio skills.  I will continue to hold.

    Spoke to XACS about RSO also.  He was going to buy some of the company's preferred shares, which were trading north of 11% yield this morning.

  36. 36
    Baylor Says:

    Pocked up some more OAS at $40.30 today

  37. 37
    Justin Says:

    BOP – 


    Maybe my list is incomplete but it looks aren't RSOA and RSOB yielding closer to 9%?  I'm not pointing out and error, I'm hoping to find a good yield.

  38. 38
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    Justin — thanks for your comment.  I didn't look at the preferreds myself (as I am OK being long the stock)… just passing along XACS's levels.  Maybe he was looking at a stale quote… maybe something else.  I can clarify it with him tomorrow.

  39. 39
    choices Says:

    SN-cuts back on capex:


  40. 40
    sc4 Says:

    ibop  if you like reits you might  look at efc and nymt. Both are very well managed and had very modest nav declines in the  4q 13 in part because of their modest leverage. EFC is the more interesting of the two. Interested in your take if u like it. best  sc4

  41. 41
    zman Says:

    Re 39. Thanks. Impressive. Should outperform on that. Our last comments there:


  42. 42
    Justin Says:

    RSO – looks like Uncle Leon @ Omega still held 1M shares as of 12/31.

  43. 43
    brodway Says:

    not sure this was posted today…

    2:08 am Samson Oil & Gas provides weekly operational advisory (SSN) : Co provides an update on on its North Stockyard Project, Williams County, North Dakota. The infill development plan for Samson's North Stockyard project is to drill 10 middle Bakken wells and 8 Three Forks wells. 


    The fracture stimulation of the Blackdog 3-13-14H well commenced on March 9th, and was completed March 21st. This frack was the largest undertaken in Samson's North Stockyard project to date and pumped 8.5 million pounds of proppant in 38 stages. This represents a proppant concentration of around 1,000 pounds per foot of proppant, which is in line with current industry practice of the use of larger volumes of proppant to deliver larger ultimate reserves. The well is currently shut in and will be flowed back later this week. 

    Sail and Anchor is shut in during the Blackdog frack and continues to await a coil tubing clean out in conjunction with Blackdog. 

    Frontier 24 is drilling the two Matilda Bay wells in batch mode and has set surface casing on both wells, with Matilda Bay #1 running a 7 inch casing string. Following the cement of this casing string the rig will skid to Matilda Bay #2 to drill the curve and set the 7 inch production casing. 

    The Rennerfelt #1 and 2 wells are ready for the frack crew, which is now expected to arrive April 27th

  44. 44
    RMD Says:

    BCEI  now I've been out of touch on the slopes for a week, but my 1st impression of the mgt changes at BCEI are that mgt is leaving because they are not needed if someone buys the co.  At NAPE the buzz was that the only shortage in E&P-land was seasoned mgt, CEOs, of upstream cos. I'll let y'all handicap the odds if this.

  45. 45
    nrgyman Says:

    RE 44:  Interesting speculation about BCEI M&A.  Also that it concerns Wattenberg assets, which have the highest basin wide IRRs of any domestic shale play (outside of Utica/Marcellus) according to CS–which should be attractive to an acquirer.  I have no knowledge of any deals but have long held some M&A thoughts about a BCEI peer.  The following is pure speculation on my part so please regard it as such and do your own DD.

    PDCE is another name ripe for an M&A deal, IMO.  With over 98k acres in the core Wattenberg (more than double BCEI), 48k acres in the core Utica and 120k acres in the W. VA Marcellus, PDCE is currently selling with a TEV less than PV-10 and an enormous R/P of 23.5 years.   So PDCE has a huge runway of high IRR drilling ahead and is cheap on a reserves basis (but not on a current ebitda basis).  This might be very attractive to a bigger player with capital to accelerate increases in production, reserves, ebitda and NPV.  The main impediment might be infrastructure buildout for take-away capacity, but that is a rapidly diminishing problem.  BCEI (2.34B) and PDCE (2.64B) sell at similar TEV levels.  There could potentially be several different acquirers, but two names stand out in my mind.  APC would be a possibility since they have plans to accelerate their core Wattenberg development, which they regard as one their best assets.  They also have Utica/Marcellus operations that they may want to grow.  Another name for PDCE would be AR because the Utica and Marcellus assets for each firm are close to one another and each is a core development for AR.  AR's management is widely experienced and its headquarters are near the Wattenberg in Denver, which leads me to believe they know the area well.   AR could acquire PDCE, capture the Utica/Marcellus assets and later spin off or sell the Wattenberg assets for as much or more than they paid for all of PDCE if they don't want to operate in a new core area.  AR's stock is a bit rich, so they could use it along with cheap debt to make the deal immediately accretive.  //End fantasy matchmaker game//

  46. 46
    zman Says:

    Re 43 – 45. Thanks


  47. 47
    zman Says:


    oil up 6.3 mm barrels

    gasoline down 2.8 mm barrels

    distillates up 0.3 mm barrels

  48. 48
    zman Says:

    Platts expectations for Wednesday inventories:

    oil up 2.8 mm bbs

    gasoline down 1.6 mm bbs

    distillates down 1.0 mm bbs. 

  49. 49
    zman Says:

    Fed's Bullard sees unemployment rate falling below 6% by year end 2014.  Calls outlook for U.S. Economy "quite good".  He's recently backed off inking that Fed would raise rates this year and said today he his not changing his view now. 

  50. 50
    zman Says:

    We get Durable Goods at 8:30 am EST, f = 0.0%

  51. 51
    zman Says:

    Tidbit from HK yesterday, nice rate on their first Burleson County well announced yesterday at Weil



  52. 52
    zman Says:

    More HK, slide 19 here:


    Shorts think story is debt and TMS. Story is Bakken and Eagle Ford and Eagle Ford delineation to the south is not a small deal. 

  53. 53
    RB Says:

    thx for that info. on HK…most encouraging.  glad to have the shorts borrowing my shares at 9-10%…

  54. 54
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    GGS — the reason why I don't invest in seismic data companies… they go BK.

  55. 55
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    #51 — thanks for pointing that out.  Nice IP.  Wells cost about $10mm each, however, so need that kind of production to work.  Do you know what the type curve EUR is around there?

  56. 56
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    #55 add-on:  I own HK shares… so happy to have them post those results!

  57. 57
    Zorgnak Says:

    S&P Short Term Areas of Interest  3/26, 8:22AM ES 1866.75. SPY Levels in ()

    Notes……Tested 1864.50 CHVN, VPOC at 1858.75. Demand volume weak. Nasdaq relative weakness. Primary uptrend intact. Market set to open with a gap up to the 1864.50 CHVN.

    Thoughts …….Doing less. Little edge here for me. 1864.50 is the short term volume pivot. Bulls in control above that level with 1868 CLVN as near resistance to watch for follow through strength.

    1877.75             ATH 1877.75

    1868                  Minor CLVN/Resistance

    1864.50           CHVN/Minor Acceptance(187.74)

    1825-35           Major Acceptance/CHVN(184.66)

    1800                 CLVN/Support


    SP500 Futures  


  58. 58
    zman Says:

    Re 55. Not for that county. El Halcon in General is 452 Mboe as per HK which is pretty typical for net EUR in east EFS. I'd guess the bigger wells will be Brazos with Burleson where this well is a little less. They have been outperforming 

  59. 59
    elduque Says:

    Brent/WTI at 7.3

    TNX at 2.744

    Robry at -56

  60. 60
    elduque Says:

    BDI down 82 to 1496


  61. 61
    brodway Says:

    Cowen downgraded WPX Energy (NYSE: WPX) from Outperform to Market Perform with a price target of $20.00 (unchanged).

  62. 62
    tomdavis12 Says:

    EOG new high.Wish I had not been so nervous during their "lumpy" period a few years ago.

  63. 63
    brodway Says:

    COG retesting that low 32 range again….this has been an area of support on other instances over last year


  64. 64
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    EOG — yes… when my Barrel of Monkeys or Cats and Dogs portfolios get too unruly, I step out of the room to meditate with my EOG holdings.  It's the antidote to the headache of trying to manage the unruly simians.

  65. 65
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    XACS still bullish…


    Credit is tighter across the globe this morning. The credit markets are once again focused on the ECB and the steps it might take to speed Europe's economic recovery and fight potential deflation. The European Financial Subordinate iTraxx Index is 4.5bps tighter this morning…led tighter by its higher beta European Money Center Bank members.                                                                                                                             Russian corporate credit performance remains bifurcated. Russian bank CDS remains slightly weaker and volatile while Russian energy company spreads are stable to slightly better. Regardless of today's market sentiment, the Crimea incident is going to deepen this year's Russian recession. We doubt that the MICEX has yet to hit its 2014 low.                                                                                                                              US Credit markets are tighter today. The US CDX IG22 Index is 3/4bps tighter and trading just north of 70.5bps. We expect the index to trade through 70bps by the end of the week and through 65bps by the end of April. One reason for our confidence is the strength of US Money Center Bank CDS Spreads. BAC seems to be trading at another new post crisis tight this morning…and the rest of the sector also seems to be attracting bullish interest. Citigroup, even with it global footprint, is quickly retracing its recent weakness and could be trading near its post crisis tights within a week.                                                                                                              Conclusion: Crimea will cause Russian economy heartache. USA and European economic growth unlikely to be affected. Increases in credit spread volatility indicates that  US equity and credit market spreads are still susceptible to a 5% pull back – HOWEVER – we expect any pull-back is going to generate a great buy-on-the-dip opportunity.

  66. 66
    brodway Says:

    re: 63

    sorry for the bad COG chart…can't seem to copy it over from stockcharts…..there's also another scenario that stock retests the area where it gapped in February of 2013 (28 area), which coincides with Zorg's next area of support…

  67. 67
    tomdavis12 Says:

    BOP  Thanks for taking the time to cover for Z. I suspect you have been busy. Always great to have your barrel of monkeys around.

  68. 68
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    OT:  KING (just went KONG) — IPO priced at $22.50… opens at $20.50… trading with a $19 handle.

  69. 69
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    hey TD!  Thanks… nice to hang out with smart people and talk energy!

  70. 70
    brodway Says:

    re: 65

    BOP…banks really seem to have come into their own post the rather positive results from the stress test posted just recently.

    A 5% correction is always a possibility, but what i'm seeing more and more is sector rotation within the markets….wiith biotechs being sold off recenlty. I'm thinking banks will do well over next 6-12 months, as will energy and technology. seeing stocks such as ORCL, CSCO, JNPR stating to see life again…..

  71. 71
    tomdavis12 Says:

    RICE  recommended @ accumulate Tudor Pick

  72. 72
    brodway Says:

    KING is no RICE…another high today 

  73. 73
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    brodway — XACS agrees with your bank statement… and I agree with your entire statement.  Thanks for sharing.

    SN — wow.  Who lowers their capex and keep drilling/production the same.  Way to go, guys!  In return, GHS ups their PT for SN to $36.

  74. 74
    brodway Says:

    another 52 week high for HAL and new high for AR…the strong keep getting stronger….


  75. 75
    zman Says:


    crude up 6.6 mm bs

    gasoline down 5.1 mm bbs

    distillates up 1.6 mm bbs


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    zman Says:

    More EIA

    imports up slightly

    throughput up slightly with util at 86%

    nice renounce in gasoline demand, at 9 mmbpd

    which is above normal for time of year

    dist demand dropped back to low end of ramge


  77. 77
    zman Says:

    More EIA

    production just off recent highs

    no update to exports this week

  78. 78
    zman Says:

    Also another decent decline at Cushing and another much bigger increase in crude stocks on the Gulf Coast. 

  79. 79
    zman Says:

    Street at -52 BCF for tomorrow's report

  80. 80
    Dedwards Says:

    AMZG with another pop and fade at the open – Smells like someone out there is getting short.  Judging by the 3 min chart, this short is happy selling you shares at the $7 level ($1.75 pre split)

  81. 81
    Zorgnak Says:

    ECA  Broke above long term volume base


  82. 82
    Zorgnak Says:

    GST Testing near support at 5.12. Far support at 4.68


  83. 83
    elijahwc Says:

    SYRG:  Mizuho dissing their update

    Synergy Resources: Delays in the Wattenberg could mean lower guidance —
    Mizuho (10.66 +0.16)

    "Mizuho notes, SYRG's recent operations update highlighted a new contract for a second Ensign automatic drilling rig, as expected; delays at both the Phelps and Leffler pads; lower than anticipated production to date from the six Leffler wells; and a noncommercial D-sand vertical test in the Northeast extension. Net/net firm sees this release as a negative, and expect SYRG will lower its 5,100-5,500 boe/d guidance for FY14."


  84. 84
    brodway Says:

    re: 81

    i can't remember the last time i saw ECA sporting a 52 week high figure…a far cry from its all time high, but i agree the trend has turned

  85. 85
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    HK and the TMS (aka:  Floyd Wilson to the Rescue!) — HK has a plan for drilling/stimulating/producing the TMS… and everyone in the play will benefit.

    There have been enough wells drilled and data collected to refine the Plan of Attack on the TMS.  HK's blueprint may not be perfect, but what it does is give us the sense of how complicated drilling/producting a new formation can be.  Too many people think you just "sink a straw" into the target and then turn on the spigot.  Maybe for Spindletop… but not for the new shale plays.  What is encouraging is that we are making our way up the Learning Curve in the TMS… and with every step, it appears to get better.

    Worth reading:


  86. 86
    tomdavis12 Says:


    Offshore GOM starting to finally come around. Info services firm – IHS predicting production will bypass the peak rate of 1.2mm/bl/day. Part of the reason for the future strip to be $80/bl.

  87. 87
    RB Says:

    re: 85…brings up visions of The Lone Ranger and Tonto…I'm neck deep in HK stock.  Z always hates that I do that, because sometimes when he's really up I'm underwater or no better than about even…but I do what my makeup dictates and I like to own a few of 'em and not a lot of 'em.  sure miss my share that way, but I've hit a few too

  88. 88
    tomdavis12 Says:

    CS – Put out a piece today that if you like the shale plays, you gotta love the railroads.  They also were in Denver last week and had some comments re NBL, APC, PDCE, BCEI, SYRG & DCP.

  89. 89
    elduque Says:

    RB- I am with you on that. Own NFX, COG, EOX, GDP, HK, FCX and AEM. All stuff stocks. Heaviest positions: NFX, FCX and AEM. 

  90. 90
    RB Says:

    Cramer has sure bashed HK from what I can tell.  (I don't watch his program)….I know he has been a big supporter of Floyd Wilson before, so it will be funny to see it when he finally gets on the HK/TMS bandwagon…even if at the time other plays are more important to the HK story.

    Gotta hand it to Cramer, he left the hedge fund biz to become a TV motor mouth just as a multi-year bear started…on that he was right!

  91. 91
    choices Says:

    PCAR-not one of our names but this is a big step in powering long distance Kenilworth trucks with either CNG or LNG:  Cummins/Westport produces the engine;


  92. 92
    choices Says:

    BOP-#65-do you or XACS have any concerns pertaining to the yield curve?  One of the chattering class posted this article:


    Thanks for any cmts you might have.

  93. 93
    Dedwards Says:

    JONE option activity.  Someone sold 1,000 October 12.5s for $1 and bought 1,000 October $15s for $1.45…. Total cash outlay: $45k.  Total potential loss: $1.25M + $45k = $1.7M.  Potential gains unlimited.

  94. 94
    Dedwards Says:

    Re 93: my math was horrible there… $1.295M total loss.

  95. 95
    choices Says:

    OT on a slow day:

    RB, are you a Rangers fan:


  96. 96
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    #92 — "flattening yield curve"??  Against what time period?  Last week?  The yield curve is a lot steeper YoY.  Last year, the 10 yr was 1.88%.  Today it's 2.71%.

    Last year 1M t-bills were 0.08%.  This year, 0.04% (so lower by 4 bps).  That looks like a steepening of the yield curve to me, not a flattening.  And a steep yield curve benefits banks (and anyone who thrives on borrowing overnight and lending farther out).more than anyone else.

  97. 97
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    In my experience, the kind of inverted yield curve that scares me is when the 1, 2, 3, 5, or 10 yield yields are below the Fed Funds rate.  A steep yield curve is pricing in 1) future inflation, and/or 2) a better economy (where govt borrowing has to compete with corporate demand).  But that's just me.

    Yield curve looks pretty healthy to me right now.  Saying it anticipate higher short-term rates some time next year.

  98. 98
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    To see a real "inverted yield curve," pull up the grapny from Jan. 2, 2007.  THAT graph scared the Dickens outta me.  But by the time the Recession really hit, the yield curve was very steep (because everyone was "hiding out" in the short maturities, scared to invest out any longer… which is too bad, as the longer maturities were the ones that rallied the most over the next year).

    Just some more thoughts.

  99. 99
    RB Says:

    re: 95…Choices, yes we are Ranger fans…go to about half the games…my wife is much bigger fan than me….AND I am about as wide as I am tall but even I can't eat some of the stuff they sell out there

  100. 100
    Zorgnak Says:

    OT  Long bond testing breakout level..


  101. 101
    Zorgnak Says:

    Small cap key support at 1160 (Russell 2000 Futs)


  102. 102
    Dedwards Says:

    Heard through the grapevine that MHR's stalder Utica well is currently producing at 18 mcfed with 6,000 wellhead psi… Also the Marcellus well got tied in this week and is supposedly outperforming their expected IP

  103. 103
    Dedwards Says:

    18 MMcfed*

  104. 104
    Zorgnak Says:

    #104  RE  MHR  I was wondering earlier why this one was so perky…  running 50% above average volume for time of day..


  105. 105
    zman Says:

    3rd party research – we are not a conduit for swapping it. 

    Emails should not be posted in the comments section

    thanks for understanding,


  106. 106
    1520sbroad Says:

    #106 – apologies – wasn't trying to cause trouble.  

  107. 107
    zman Says:

    Don't apologize. 

  108. 108
    Zorgnak Says:

    FANG  Impresseive strength. Setup for another breakout.


  109. 109
    Zorgnak Says:

    SWN  Trading in new range from 44 support/top of volume base to 47 CLVN resistance.


  110. 110
    Zorgnak Says:

    RRC  Range  83-89


  111. 111
    Dedwards Says:

    REXX out with an operations update: http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1397516/000119312514116560/d701013dex991.htm


    Highlights: 2nd rig added to Butler operating area. Plans to drill 4 pads in 2014 with at least 5 wells per pad.  Look for results from the Ferree Pad (Upper dev/Marcellus stacked situation there) in 2014, 2 test wells on Shipley pad, and some results on the Ballie Trust Pad.  40-45 wells with 2 rigs in Butler area through 2014.

    Butler Midstream – 120Mcfed of capacity coming on in 2nd quarter.  Rexx will put 10-15 wells representing 100 Mcfed into this new capacity.

    Warrior North (northern Utica): Company has finished the 6 well Grunder Pad, these will all come into sales in Q2 or early Q3.  No flow data.

    Production guidance reaffirmed for the first quarter.  Expecting to come in near the high end.

  112. 112
    Dedwards Says:

    Re 111 – REXX playing around with completion techniques and spacing in both Warrior North and Butler… only a couple of test wells here and there.  They could surprise with some of their results.

  113. 113
    zman Says:

    Thanks Dedwards

  114. 114
    choices Says:

    LNG exports from Canada-Canada approves export licenses but terminals have not yet been constructed-appears to be down the line in time:


  115. 115
    brodway Says:

    re: 45

    Nrgyman…..very nice M&A info….another perspective on things doesn't hurt and makes us think outside the box…

  116. 116
    zman Says:


    Street at 52 Bcf for today's report

  117. 117
    zman Says:

    REXX – in a nutshell, a good operations update, again.  The last three positive to in line reports have been ignored by the Street. 

  118. 118
    Zorgnak Says:

    S&P Short Term Areas of Interest  3/27, 8:16AM ES 1844.75. SPY Levels in ()

    Notes……Rejected 1864.50 CHVN as too high, retesting back towards Major CHVN at 1829.50.  Minor CLVN resistance at 1855.50. Demand volume negative. Market short term oversold. High odds bounce setup on close. Nasdaq/High Growth relative weakness. Large cap value relative strength. Primary uptrend intact.

    Thoughts …… Market setup for a high odds bounce on yesterday's close. Expecting bulls to step in at or above the major acceptance levels above 1825.25.

    1877.75             ATH 1877.75

    1868                  Minor CLVN/Resistance

    1864.50           CHVN/Minor Acceptance(187.74)

    1825-35           Major Acceptance/CHVN(184.66)

    1800                 CLVN/Support


    SP500 Futures  


    SPY  High odds bounce setup anywhere from last nights close to 183.52. Far support at 182.12


  119. 119
    brodway Says:

    good morning Zorg…oil prices seem elevated….thinking due to Russian aggresion

  120. 120
    elduque Says:

    BDI for some reason is coming a little later

    Brent/WTI narrower at 6.4

    TNX lower yields 2.701


  121. 121
    Zorgnak Says:

    #119 Good morning…Yes and energy companies have shown relative strength up to this point but they are testing support now..Looking at the Oil Producer index and the Bakken and Permian indexes shows demand volume rolling over…so far price has held.


  122. 122
    Zorgnak Says:

    #119 Good morning…Yes and energy companies have shown relative strength up to this point but they are testing support now..Looking at the Oil Producer index and the Bakken and Permian indexes shows demand volume rolling over…so far price has held.


  123. 123
    brodway Says:

    Nasdaq continues to get sold off…energy holding up well…

    RBC Capital Mkts reiterated Halliburton (HAL) coverage with Outperform rating and price target $70
    Previous price target: $62

  124. 124
    brodway Says:

    AR moves 3 points on 90k shares….talk about think trading volatility

  125. 125
    Mark Wetzler Says:

    Zorg,  On your ES composite chart, I see you have color coded the distributions on the left edge of the chart. May I ask how you've defined the color code?

  126. 126
    RB Says:

    AR…most of the IBD go/go names are rolling over…this one will likely get the boot from their leaders list too pulling back like it is…hate when they get involved with our names

  127. 127
    Zorgnak Says:

    FANG breakout 2X avg volume for time of day…RSPP following


  128. 128
    Zorgnak Says:

    #125 Mark It's a monthly volume profile broken down into a weekly time frames and then overlaid…gives me a picture of when multiple time frames overlap…just trying it out. I can do the same thing in any time frame. Quarterly ect

  129. 129
    thumper Says:

    Anyone have any thoughts on AMZG earnings report?

  130. 130
    Zorgnak Says:

    S&P Futs….rejecting CHVN at1835 as too low..


  131. 131
    Zorgnak Says:

    #130 note the overnight high at 1842 next upside test

  132. 132
    Zorgnak Says:

    Relative strength in energy on the bounce…FCG Nat Gas ETF..20.45 important resistance. XOP held the 69.45 CLVN support level..so far


  133. 133
    tomdavis12 Says:

    Comments from HWeil attendee: Everyone wanted a new theme. Got more of the same. Most loved are land service. Expecting PP prices to start going higher for first time in a long time. Offshore still expected to be weak. Looking for more cold stacking and seeing sublet market dry up. Everyone still loves Permian and thinks Bakken not til next quarter. MTDR looks good. COG still experiencing higher differentials than others due to their locations. They did indicate they would be more aggressive with their buybacks.  EOX -everything is about timing. They saw a window on the convert raise and took it. Shareholders were surprised for the most part. Thought another deal likely. Not likely. More like for the accelerating of the 4th rig. Ist Q CC likely to lay out their plan. Production s/b higher with LOE costs lower. Wells s/b drilled quicker. Until update they like other Bakkens may not get much love until much closer to the fireworks. Street perception is end of 2nd Q. I expect that will be a little late. 

  134. 134
    Zorgnak Says:

    S&P futs..Minor CLVN resistance at 1846

  135. 135
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    GDP — Iberia out with some (great) operational comments about GDP and the other TMS players… I am eagerly anticipating the results of the CH Lewis well.  It's an offset to the Smith well which IP'd at 1,045 on a shorter lateral.  If this well comes in strong, i think we see GDP off and running (up) again.


    GDP; Execs Rob Turnham and Jan Schott presented at our offices. Be aware they are no longer alone in the TMS with HK well spud and nearing td. SN and CRK not far behind (CRK will spud a well directly north of Crosby about 4 miles away).  Some new info;


    Blades Well; lateral complete at 5100 ft. short of goal but mud motor gave out and would have taken 2-3 days to get it out, fix it and put it back in so decided to go with 5100 ft. Composite frac plugs and snubbing unit to drill out. Have shortened up distance between frac stages to 250 ft form 270 ft. Using same amount of proppant as HK said they would use, 1680/lbs/ft. Using choline chloride as a stabilizer to counter effects of clay. Choline Chloride is supplied by public Balchem symbol BCPC. Using a new NBR rig. Drill time has been reduced and think they can average between 7 and 12 days shorter afe.


    C.H. Lewis Well; drilling lateral now at 4000 ft, have more confidence in well design and will try to get  out to 6500-7000 feet. They are averaging 1000 feet a day. This well is spacing unit west of the Smith well which ip’d at 1045 with 5400 ft 20 stage lateral.


    Beech Grove Well; In Louisiana in E Feliciana a bit south of ECA Ash well ip’d 703boepd 30 stages w 5300 ft lateral.


    5th Rig; Possible in 2h14. NBR rig has cut drill time dramatically and trying to get another in lieu of older Ensign rigs.


    Lawson WellSN/ECA well is stuck in rubble zone 4000 ft into lateral. Apparently ECA has reversed course and is back trying to work above the rubble zone on this well.


    Horseshoe Hill WellHK well is at 11k foot depth 11 days since they started drilling.


    SLC 81h Well – Next to begin drilling for GDP after the Beech Grove well.


    Redetermination – Will meet with bankers Friday for March scheduled redetermination, will announce outcome with quarter. Current line undrawn as of today.

  136. 136
    Zorgnak Says:

    REXX working at important resistance again at 17.50


  137. 137
    zman Says:

    Thumper re AMZG. Pre announced volumes, will be able to read it in a bit. 

  138. 138
    brodway Says:

    PVA continues its impressive ways…now over $17 again….both PDCE and GPOR are springy, meaning they rise quickly on any strength but find support quicker than most…looks like buying interest in both

  139. 139
    zman Says:

    Thanks Tom.  But who are these people who always need a new theme?  Guessing same short term mentality types that are often disappointed when commodity prices don't rise consistently. 

  140. 140
    Dedwards Says:

    Re 129: I don't follow AMZG too closely, but it looks like they pre-announced production, which was a little ahead of their previous guidance of 1800 boepd.  They were a little light on street revs and EBITDA, but has 3 more good well results with 8 more wells coming on imminently.  

    Most importantly, the PR had the following language: "American Eagle believes that its cash on hand, cash flow from operations, proceeds from its recently completed share issuance, and anticipated additional availability under the credit facility driven by increased proved producing reserves should adequately fund its two-rig drilling program to drill 24 gross (13.8 net) operated wells per year in 2014 and beyond."

    It looks like the dilution is over for now, stock has room to move higher.  

    I don't know what the numbers (production, rev, ebitda) will look like post-deal and I have a feeling the street doesn't know either.  It is likely Q1 results will open some eyes.

  141. 141
    zman Says:

    Tom re "a little late" yeah me too   It will be easily in sight by time of 1 q14 calls

  142. 142
    tomdavis12 Says:

    138  Z  I have come across MANY more short term thinkers on the street than people like you with your patience. 

  143. 143
    Dedwards Says:

    AMZG – some of these bakken wells have puny IPs, but just don't really decline.  They'll do 180 boepd for like 18 months straight lol

  144. 144
    thumper Says:

    Thanks Z and DEd.

  145. 145
    zman Says:

    AMZG – they pre announced awhile back. Ebitda was light by a mil, a bit to revenue, a bit to costs. Not hard to model, just not in front of mine at the moment and typing with thumbs now. 

  146. 146
    Zorgnak Says:

    XOP  up on 2.3 X avg volume for time of day  FCG  1.32X 

  147. 147
    zman Says:

    Yeah, not puny for the area. Are they having a call?

  148. 148
    tomdavis12 Says:

    Other HWeil thoughts: RRC continues to trade a higher multiple than peers. Massive amounts of locations, great logistical team. Good track record of performing to their guidance. Keep an eye on Marcus Hook by Phila. When full export capacity begins, should help liquids producers as well as our exports of ethane. propane & butane. Positive presentations from GPOR, MHR, SGY, RICE, & PDCE.    

  149. 149
    zman Says:

    Re 141. Hear ya on that. Thnks for the notes. Those guys come and go. 

  150. 150
    RB Says:

    GDP getting some love

  151. 151
    RB Says:

    GDP with 38% short interest could get even more interesting eh?


  152. 152
    elduque Says:

    GDP short interest has been there forever. 

  153. 153
    RB Says:

    re: 152…that may be true, but my relative strength chart on XOP is about to break into new highs and maybe, just maybe people are beginning to think the TMS is viable

  154. 154
    RB Says:

    HK needs to bust thru 3.90 and take all that seller wants to offer…

  155. 155
    Zorgnak Says:

    GDP at defined resistance  15.12


  156. 156
    1520sbroad Says:

    57 bcf draw for nat gas.  a mere 896 bcf in storage…

  157. 157
    zman Says:

    57 Bcf, 896 Bcf left in the tanks, probably at least two more pulls left in the season. 

  158. 158
    zman Says:

    Ha, beat me to it, on a bit of a delayed schedule here, lol. 

  159. 159
    Zorgnak Says:

    52 week highs with high short interest





  160. 160
    tomdavis12 Says:


    GDP short position over time.

  161. 161
    jy Says:

    BOP, re #136  "Choline Chloride".  Had never heard of it.  Looked it up:

    "….Choline Chloride is an excellent component for fluids using in oil and gas drilling, as a monovalent cation amines and as quaternary ammonium salt.Choline Chloride is used as shale inhibitors in drilling fluid, completion fluid and workover fluid, to prevent shale from expansion and hydration to avoid wellbore instability. The Choline Chloride shows remarkable advantages in filtration control, Wellbore stabilization, lubrication, anti-stuck, tolerance to salt and temperature, compatibility and reasonable cost….."


    Thanks for the notes on GDP!


  162. 162
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    CAM announced this morning that they received another order from FCX to supply a 25k psi BOP stack.  FCX plans to put this BOP in use for its "high pressure activity planned to begin in 2015."

    Ultra-deep gas production….

  163. 163
    sc4 Says:

    135  BOP  met Jan at meeting recently and was impressed by her organization and ability to respond.If she is indicative of the quality of their staff then they should be in good shape longer term.

  164. 164
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    jy — first I've heard of it also… but i'm not a production engineer.  Apparently, you use it where you have the presence of (water-sucking) smectite.

    This was on SA yesterday… you'll love it:



  165. 165
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    sc4 — #163 thank you for the color.  Good to know!  "Management counts."  Especially in small(er) e&ps.

  166. 166
    sc4 Says:

    bop   165 to hear Jan speak, the TSM people share most of their data.It sounded like quite a cooperative venture and this included HK. So the TSM appears to be a bit different than some of the other basins or it is at a very early stage and all the players are having problems of one type or another. But Jan is a credit to her firm. She seems to attend a lot of conferences and if you get a chance, worth speaking with her as I said.I was expecting more basic folk. She is quite thoughtfull about her work ex appache.

  167. 167
    Mark Wetzler Says:

    #128 Zorg thanks.

  168. 168
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    sc4 — that is true.  Everyone in the TMS is sharing… that is why i think it will work.  Smart Heads, working together.

    I think I met Jan in 2001 at Ray Plank (senior)'s ranch in central TX.  Odd coincidence, eh?

  169. 169
    elduque Says:

    FCX- room to run to the upside. appears a major obstacle out of the way.


  170. 170
    elduque Says:

    COG – outperforming its peer group for a change. 

  171. 171
    Zorgnak Says:

    Nat Gas Index  The missing ingredient has been demand volume..Nat Gas stocks getting some today. FCG 1.28X relative volume…Relative volume today so far SWN 1.27 X RRC 1.38X REXX 1.43 X …COG getting a bid off support. One can hope…


  172. 172
    Zorgnak Says:



  173. 173
    Zorgnak Says:



  174. 174
    Zorgnak Says:

    Small cap breadth…nearing the level where durable swing lows often occur


  175. 175
    crysball Says:


    Vaalco  Energy  presenting  @ Howard  Weil  Today [2:30 Tom  if  you have  time  to  catch   the  new Prez……..Steve  Gudiry].

    The  presentatation   for  today  is    enclosed.


    Vaalco  also  PR'd  today  they  have  successfully completed  a  maintenance  turnaround  on  the  FPSO,   and  installed  new   ESP's   on  an  Avouma  Well,  and  are  in  the  process  of  bringing  all  4  fields  in the  Etame concession  back on line [wells were shut-in  for the  FPSO  turn]

    The   new  thing  in  the slide presentation appears  to  be  the  back -to-back  plann   to  drill 1 well  in   offshore Angola Blocl 5……followed  by   2  offshore   inwells  Eq. Guinea Block P, followed  by a second offshore   well   in  Anola Block 5….[a semisub  is  required for all]    The  time  line  has  no   dates   on  the bottom  scale,  but   it  appears  most  would  occur   in  2014.

    Vaalco  will  also  be  presenting  @  IPAA.

  176. 176
    RB Says:

    HK has been trading in a range of 3.88-3.90 for almost 4 hours….stubborn sellers at 3.90 and waiting buyers no lower than 3.88….

  177. 177
    Andy Moore Says:

    bop   trying to sell my PVA bonds today at 111.3  will need a replacement in a couple of weeks.  any ideas?

  178. 178
    tomdavis12 Says:

    crysball  Vaalco – Just checked the schedule @ IPAA and they speak last day. I may be able to get to their breakout session. I will let you know if I do. Love the work you put into Vaalco. Keep up the great job.    

  179. 179
    zman Says:

    Zorg – thanks for the all the levels. 

  180. 180
    zman Says:

    Crude holding > $101:


    Natural gas holding up nearly 3% at $4.52:



  181. 181
    tomdavis12 Says:

    177 AM  Since BOP is a fan of GDP, you may want to look at GDPAN a conv pfrd. A name I think Eli was the first to mention. Yield 6.5% today if you get the PVA bonds sold. 

  182. 182
    zman Says:

    Analyst Watch

    FANG – Brean ups target by $7 to $66, stays Buy (with the price currnetly at $68 hmmm)


  183. 183
    Zorgnak Says:

    #179  you're welcome

  184. 184
    Zorgnak Says:

    ATHL  acting well just above support


  185. 185
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    Andy — no good bond ideas… "high yield" is yielding around 7%… maybe take a look at some preferred stock?

    eli — you have any ideas?

  186. 186
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    adding to #185 — and that is low-rated "high yield" bonds… like, the triple-Cs…

  187. 187
    Zorgnak Says:

    S&P futs…Hitting all the right numbers today.  Stopped at the Major CHVN. Longer time frame buyers in control above this level. Expecting a bounce to retest the 1851 level, minimum. If not, between 1835 and 1825 is dense congestion with little edge either way. Below 1825 no defined support until just above 1800.


  188. 188
    zman Says:

    re 181 – last I spoke with Eli was after the lack of well results with the 4Q13 call at which time he said something like, yeah, way busted, probably a buy here.  I thought the well news out of them this week was fine. I care a lot more about the geological success at this point than the mechanical.  HK had much of the recipe thoughts out with their 4Q13 call presentation at that time, modestly tweaked since. The play definitely will work in at least a few sweet spots, need delineation over more area and that comes this year. My guys with exposure now (that I know of) are HK and MCF.  SN is there. GDP is obviously there.  I think there is little in the way of reliability to rumors ECA is pulling out soon. Mid year is not very far off and there will be several more down by then.   Chatted with Wyo about the well issues at time of GDP 4Q call and his thought was that it was more of a people issue than some insurmountable task.  Said that a couple of wells in they should solve it and this many wells in maybe they should have fired someone. HK brings a lot more technical talent to the table and with all the data sharing they should be able to do better more quickly, assuming their read of porosity and TOC are correct.


  189. 189
    zman Says:

    Re ATHL – yeah, had feelers out as to why they pulled out of Weil but so far have not heard back.  Would guess an offering is pretty possible there or they are buying something. 

  190. 190
    Zorgnak Says:

    HK   Looks ready to test 4.16 again


  191. 191
    zman Says:

    RSPP – still no 4Q13 release date. Should have one any day now. 

  192. 192
    RB Says:

    when I quit watching HK…it busted through 3.90 and is taking good volume now….


  193. 193
    tomdavis12 Says:

    188 If GDP and others get TMS to work the GDPAN should work well. It was up to $51 when the group topped out in Oct. Only significant drawback is VERY illiquid. Today $41.67 up $1.52/sh. 

  194. 194
    zman Says:

    CRZO new cycle high today. 

  195. 195
    zman Says:

    We will be doing some rebalancing trades next week. 

  196. 196
    Dedwards Says:

    Stubborn HK seller back sitting on 3.93 now

  197. 197
    zman Says:

    NFX threatening highs from last October, will be doing an update there again soon. The standalone story should get a lot more respect later this year and into 2015. 

  198. 198
    choices Says:

    zorg, I've prob asked this of you a couple of times but do you pay any attention to VIX when looking at levels on SPX, ie as SPX is moving down to support, VIX heaing up, does that influence your thinking as likelihood of support holding?, and of course, vice versa on resistance levels.


  199. 199
    zman Says:


  200. 200
    zman Says:

    GST sees borrowing based upped $20 mm to $120 mm.  Should still be undrawn at this time. 

  201. 201
    crysball Says:

    Re: EGY……..from SA:

    ~Vaalco +5.5% after completing floating rig repairs • 3:53 PM
    • Vaalco Energy (EGY +5.5%) surges to 52-week highs after saying scheduled maintenance on its FPSO vessel was completed ahead of schedule, allowing work to resume at the Etame Marin block off the coast of Gabon in west Africa.
    • EGY also says it took advantage of the down time for the floating vessel to repair other infrastructure in the same region, including replacing two electric submersible pumps on the Avouma 2-H well.
    • Shares are ahead nearly 6% in late trading after matching their best levels since June 2006




  202. 202
    Zorgnak Says:

    #198  Re VIX and S&P support and resistance. I do use it occasionally when it reaches high and low extremes and coincides with the volume profile and a couple things I watch. I don't use it in isolation. 

    Here is a short description a couple of techinques that have been tested and offer some edge..


    You can set these ideas up using most any chart package.  

  203. 203
    Zorgnak Says:

    Nat Gas Producers  Best volume day this month…


  204. 204
    choices Says:

    Thanks zorg-will take a look.

    VIX as you indicate "seems" to be of use when at extreme levels as opposed to meandering as it appears to be doing now.


  205. 205
    Zorgnak Says:

    #204 Re VIX..Right.

    Depends on your time frame though.. For a very short term trader there have been four low "extremes" since 3/13 ,on a 30 minute time frame, that would have actionable. Right now traders aren't showing fear in the face of this decline on a daily time frame. Does it mean there's more to come? Dunno…

  206. 206
    Zorgnak Says:

    LPI  Strong volume day. Starting to move more easily. Resistance at 28


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    brodway Says:


    one thing is for sure….markets trade to extremes in both directions. they overshoot on the upside and trares never fail to demolish a weak chart.  this is not an unusual phenomenon that has occured time and time again over the last few years. the S&P has done a whole lot of song and dance since the beginning of the year, but is just about where it started the year off. this is not unsimilar to last year's move, where the first quarter was soggy and the third quarter the markets took off.  would not be surprised to see similar move this year. as i've noted yesterday, i'm of the opinion that there is sector rotation from biotech and internet (and names that had big runs) to sectors like energy. there is significant underlying strength in O&G names and service names which was clearly evident this morning when the selling intensified in the general markets. don't have a feel one way or the other.  the S&P could as easily get to 1800 in the near term as it can break out to 1900. using Zman kind patience in this chop.

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    brodway Says:

    MPO gets new love


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    zman Says:

    Full notes on AMZG quarterly call in the morning post. 

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    brodway Says:

    looks like EQT made a somewhat meaningful gap fill from early February….probably was a buy at 94….can't own them all

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    brodway Says:

    re: 209

    good to see you back Zman……

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    zman Says:

    Thanks, good to be back. 

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